In a film like "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," it can be difficult to juggle such a large cast of characters. More often than not, one or two become the story's primary focus while the others are relegated to the background. With the first installment of the Marvel Studios franchise behind him, director James Gunn made a point to give each Guardian his or her own arc in the sequel.
"That's the first thing people say when they see the movie," Gunn told CinemaBlend. "The first movie was about Peter Quill, and the second movie has every single character have a complete arc, a complete story. They each learn something. It's a story about Peter Quill, with his father, but also his abusive step-father, Yondu."
Audiences will learn more about the complicated relationship between sisters Gamora and Nebula, and everything may not be as it originally seemed. "It's about Nebula's relationship with her sister, Gamora, and how that's not all that we saw in the first movie," Gunn explained. "It's a lot deeper and more complicated than that. We thought in the first movie that Gamora was the good guy, and Nebula's the bad guy, but that really isn't the whole story."
"I think it's a story about this poor little Rocket, who is in search of a father and in search of a somebody to give a shit, who cannot find it -- and maybe does a little bit with Michael Rooker's character," Gunn said, referring to Yondu.
Dave Bautista's Drax the Destroyer will form a parental bond with newcomer Mantis: "It's about Dave Bautista and Mantis together, who become on the one hand close friends, and then on the other hand she's a surrogate daughter for the daughter that was murdered."
That leaves the final member of the team, the diminutive Baby Groot. After risking his life to save everyone in "Guardians of the Galaxy," Gunn said Groot will need babysitting, as he's still stuck in his tiny state. "And of course Baby Groot's relationship with all of them, they are the worst parents in the entire world! Who else brings a two-year-old son into a giant battle with a giant monster? Terrible parents! And maybe Gamora and Rocket are better than the other two. The other two are terrible. All of those things come together in a way that seems pretty magical."
Arriving in theaters May 5, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.